Case of Italian marines held in India 'moving' says Bonino
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"I think some things are moving in this sense and we are working on (this)," Bonino said of Italian efforts to have the marines transferred from India back to Italy.
"I hope to bring to a successful conclusion this dossier ... (of) great complexity and contradictions," said the minister, speaking on National Unity and Armed Forces Day.
Italy maintains that the two marines, Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre, do not need to remain in custody in India, where they are accused of shooting two fishermen in February 2012.
Bonino has said the Italian government's objective is to see the pair returned home and on Monday added the government "speaks with one voice" and should be able to "unravel the tangle" of the complex diplomatic and political situation.
The marines allegedly mistook the fishermen for pirates while they were on anti-pirate duty. Staffan de Mistura, the government's special envoy in the case, said the marines know "they will never be left alone" by Italy, even in periods where the case is not in the public eye.
"The work to bring home Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone is constant, determined, and pressing even when made with discretion and without noise," he said.
Italy is working ceaselessly for the return of the marines, said President Giorgio Napolitano, who placed a wreath at Rome's Altar of the Fatherland as part of Monday's military commemoration.
"We do not cease to work tenaciously to bring them home," said Napolitano after his speech on the military celebrations.
The case has triggered a drawn-out diplomatic row between India and Italy, with Rome contesting India's right to jurisdiction, given that the shootings occurred in international waters.